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Qatar raises minimum wage by 25%, lifts restrictions on changing jobs

The new minimum wage, which comes into effect in six months and is 250 riyals more a month than the old one, is non-discriminatory and applies to all workers

Qatar-Gulf rift, Qatar
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The United Nation’s labour agency hailed the changes, which it said were significant and gave workers more freedom and protection, and employers more choice.

Alexander Cornwell | Reuters Dubai
Qatar announced changes to its labour laws on Sunday, raising the minimum wage by 25 percent to 1,000 riyals ($275) a month and scrapping a requirement for workers to get permission from their employers to change jobs.

They are the latest in a series of labour reforms by the 2022 FIFA World Cup host, which in the lead up to the tournament, has faced accusations that migrant workers are exploited.

The new minimum wage, which comes into effect in six months and is 250 riyals more a month than the old one, is non-discriminatory and applies to all workers.

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First Published: Aug 31 2020 | 12:26 AM IST

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